Wed. Apr 8th, 2020

They warn of the risk of destruction of a church of the 10th century in Lleida

The Hispania Nostra Association for the Defense of Cultural and Natural Heritage has warned this Wednesday of risk of destruction of the church of Sant Serni d’Àrreu, a temple of the 10th century, in the province of Lleida. This Romanesque church is located in the Pyrenees of Lleida and, according to Hispania Nostra, “if you don’t act diligently, you run the risk of disappearing.”

For this reason, Hispania Nostra has located this small Romanesque church in its Red Heritage List to “warn about the abandonment of it, which is gradually falling and presents a danger of collapsing roof, walls and floor.”

Associations warn about its abandonment, which is gradually falling and presents a danger of collapsing roof, walls and floor ”

According to the document prepared by the association, “the roof has begun to give way, the boards that formed the floor have disappeared and the water enters inside when it rains, affecting the painting of the walls.”

The main altar is practically complete; on the contrary, one of the altars of a side chapel is damaged due to water leaks, and in the church, moreover, images can no longer be found, they denounce.

Sant Serni d’Àrreu is a single nave temple with square apse, consisting of ground floor and two floors. The door of the first floor is of a semicircular arch and has a wooden lintel, and above the entrance door there is a small balcony with profiled balusters and openwork drawings: in the upper part there is a plant motif, in the center a cross and, at the bottom, a bread and a chalice.

The roof of the church is slate and has a belfry bell tower with two eyes on the west facade. As for the interior furniture, three notable Romanesque pillars stand out: one baptismal, another of holy water and a third of oil; The latter could have been, in origin, a sarcophagus.

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